Any hopes Leeds United might have had of bringing Mbaye Diagne to Elland Road in 2019 have taken a major hit.
While Marcelo Bielsa has played down suggestions of a busy January in West Yorkshire, Diagne looks likely to leave Kasimpasa either then or next summer with England his preferred destination, as reported by Sporx.
But it seems that Diagne’s outstanding goal-scoring form in Turkey has increased his price-tag to the extent that he is now out of Leeds’ reach.
The powerhouse centre-forward has scored 16 goals in just 15 games in all competitions this season. In fact, since moving to Kasimpasa in January after a spell in China, Diagne has netted 28 times in 32 matches.
According to Cumhuriyet, the Super Lig side will now demand up to £18 million for their star man, determined as they are to earn top dollar should they cash in.
This would make Diagne the joint most expensive player in Leeds’ history, level with Rio Ferdinand. Or, more likely, it kills any chance of a move to Elland Road.